Senate Backs Amendment to Boost IGs' Power

March 28, 2013

The Senate has passed a bipartisan provision to provide a stronger force of inspectors general and to make agencies more accountable to their auditors.

The language -- proposed by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and co-sponsored by Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., among others -- passed by unanimous consent as an amendment to the Senate Democrats’ fiscal 2014 budget. The provision would boost funding for inspector general offices governmentwide to provide additional personnel and training.

The amendment, which Shaheen has also introduced as a standalone bill, would also increase scrutiny of agencies to ensure they respond and take action in response to IG investigations. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report earlier in March identifying nearly 17,000 unimplemented recommendations from inspectors general, worth as much as $67 billion in savings.

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